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Brian Simpson

Brian Simpson was born in Leigh, the United Kingdom, on 6 February 1953.

Previous assignments

1974–1989: PE teacher in Liverpool

1981–1986: Councillor, Merseyside County Council

1981–1986: Deputy Chair, Liverpool Airport

1987–1991: Councillor, Warrington Borough Council

1987–1989: Deputy Chair of Finance Committee and Chair of the Policy Review Committee, Warrington Borough Council

1989–1999: Member of the European Parliament, representing Cheshire East

1991-2004: Socialist Group Spokesperson for Transport and Tourism

1992–1994: Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Republics of (former) Yugoslavia

1994–1999: Chair of the Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway

1997–2004: Chair of the Performance and Policy Review, PPS to the Deputy Prime Minister

1999–2004: Member of the European Parliament, representing the North West Region

2004: Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

2004-2006: Director, North West Rail Campaign

2008-2009: Socialist Group Spokesperson for Transport and Tourism

Current tasks

Since 1989: Member of the European Parliament Socialist Group/ Labour Party

Since 2009: Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Since 2009: Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

Since 2009: Member of the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand

Since 2009: Substitute of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community

Since 2009: Member of Conference of Committee Chairs

Since 2006: Substitute of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development 

  • Vice-President of the Heritage Railway Association
  • President of the Warrington, Halton and St. Helens branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Life Governorship of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • President of the Golborne Cricket Club

Decorations: Honorary Colonel by the State of Kentucky (2010); Transport MEP of the year by Parliament Magazine (2010 and 2012) 

From 1 July 2014 Mr Simpson will become the European Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea .